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It looks like he cares, but he doesn’t.”: Athletes’ experiences of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ care in women’s football

Lewis, C, Sawiuk, R and Grimes, S (2022) It looks like he cares, but he doesn’t.”: Athletes’ experiences of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ care in women’s football. Sports Coaching Review. ISSN 2164-0629

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Care research in coaching has repeatedly prioritised the voice of the carer rather than those of the cared-for. This article addresses this shortfall and examines notions of care through the eyes of female footballers. These voices are pertinent because football (soccer) in the United Kingdom (UK) has been labelled micro political, cut-throat, competitive, and at times, uncaring. Further, women’s voices are often marginalised in sport and research. Noddings’ theory of care was selected to interpret semi-structured interviews of eight athletes’ experiences of care in women’s football. Findings suggest that athletes were exposed to superficial acts of care impede their learning and performance. There were also safeguarding concerns regarding the touching of athletes. Interview extracts did, however, describe the positive orchestration of supporting networks to reinforce a ‘climate of care’. Recommendations are provided for coaches on how to develop caring coaching.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 12:45
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 11:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/21640629.2022.2045137
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16391
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